Doing it just for laughs
Richard Davies needed a breather after filming an intense season of Offspring and what better way to get a laugh than by taking part in True Story with Hamish & Andy.
Davies who plays Jimmy Proudman in Offspring, is almost unrecognisable as Col, who is staying at a ramshackle guesthouse in the Top End run by Phil (Damien Garvey, pictured above with Davies, right).
Col, with his straggly hair, tattoos and huge hunting knife, looks like he could have stepped out of Deliverance.
“It was an absolute blast filming True Story — it was so much fun,” Davies says. “You couldn’t have more of a polar extreme between Col and Jimmy.
“I know Hamish and Andy and I’m mates with (executive producer) Tim Bartley and (co-creator) Ryan Shelton.
“They gave me licence to follow my instincts with Col and really dive into the character. It was fun to grot myself up — sting my eyes up a bit, darken my teeth, and put grit through my hair.”
Things are very different on Offspring. Jimmy’s relationship with wife Zara (Jane Harber) is still in turmoil after Zara’s affair with Dr Angus Freeman (Dan Wyllie).
Davies has found that the sixth season of the Channel 10 drama has given him his meatiest scenes yet.
“Jimmy has always been a pretty positive guy with a big heart but he has been up against it this season,” Davies says. “It has been really exciting for me to delve into this new territory. There is a lot of dark stuff that he has to face up to.”
WATCH TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH & ANDY, NINE, TUES, 8.40PM; OFFSPRING, TEN, WED, 8.30PM